There is so much said about our personalities and our values and I must admit, I can never get enough of all of it.
The colours we select will relate back to our style personality to some degree, but they can be completely removed from that personality and can often confuse those around us.
We are never simply one personality style, hence I love spending hours with a client delving down into what really makes them tick. Having said that, though, I thought I would share with you here what the colours you are most comfortable in are saying about you.
Let’s start with the Artistic Colour Personality. You love to have fun. You like to intrigue and to create interest in what you are wearing. This does not mean that your personality is completely creative. You might be the style of person who wears very simple clothing, but you ensure that your colours are lively and loads of fun. You will wear neutrals under sufferance.
The Bold Colour Personality. Ah, you like to be noticed. You wear bold, dark and strong. You will love a pop of neon. You are no shrinking violet and the colours that you wear shout a big hello to the world, look at me, I’m here. You love fashion and you love looking fabulous. You will never be seen in dull or sombre tones. The only time you will wear low contrast is when it is black on black or white on white, otherwise, you are high contrast all of the way.
The Nautical Colour Personality is fun loving and lively. The colours they are attracted to fulfil their delight in lively activities and an energetic lifestyle. They love to mix and mingle and are very sociable. Their colours are generally medium contrast and there will always be a neutral with generally only one colour. Their neutrals are white and navy as opposed to blacks or olives yet they might slip into camel with a peach or orange accent.
The Relaxed Colour Personality is worn by the person who finds comfort in nature. The thought of wearing anything which looks unnatural just sounds ridiculous to these people. It does not mean that they insist on wearing hemp at any given opportunity. These people simply have a quiet, naturalist personality that is most at home in the colours of nature. They will be most at home in low to medium contrast clothing.
The Romantic Colour Personality is preferred by those people who have a soft caring side to their nature. They love the warmth of all of the soft colours this palette relates to and they will find that they have an air of gentility to them. There is nothing really high contrast, brash or even overly earthy about this personality. It welcomes affection and warmth .
Lastly, there is the Timeless Colour Personality. Here we have the person who plays by the rules. Fashion may be just too much for them so they have found a solution. Keep it simple and wear mostly neutrals. They can’t get into too much trouble that way. They may also be the type of person who doesn’t want to think about clothing. Navy’s, creams, red and brown are a very simple solution.
Keep in mind that the colours that you prefer are only one part of the personality process that is used when discerning a person’s style. The colours that you select say something about your personality but not everything about your style. They just explain why you dress in the colours that you chose. Your style personality will explain to you why you chose the styles that you do and you could find that your clothing personality is completely different to your colour personality, yet both will relate back to your values.
It is not that uncommon to find a Natural Style Person wearing Timeless Colours. Or perhaps a Classic personality style wearing the Artistic palette.
To understand your Colour Personality you can click through this link and do the quiz here. This quiz is suited to both men and women to complete.
If this all sounds too hard, just give me a call and I can help you in a live or skype consultation.
What your Image says about you
Making a Statement…(whether you realise it or not)
Fashion and body adornment not only have a language of their own, but can be read as an explanation and text of one’s personality and character. Cultural semiotics is an important part of visual rhetoric because it allows us to take simple signs and codes and turn them into an actual conversation. Each person has a unique personality, set of beliefs, opinions, and in order to convey that identity we use our body as a canvas to project that identity.
The earliest forms of ‘clothing’ seem to have been adornments such as body painting, ornaments, scarifications (scarring), tattooing, masks and often constricting neck and waist bands. Many of these deformed, reformed or otherwise modified the body” (Rampley 68).
Clothing for Protection
Considering early human beings, we know that clothing was used as a way to keep warm, to protect the skin and as a mean to comfort the body. As people roamed from region to region, the body continued to prove inadequate for certain environments, thus the need for protective clothing. Even today, we understand that when the weather turns cooler adding layers will keep the body warm. Removing layers keep the body cooler in the summer time, and wearing various other garments protect our body from almost all the natural elements. However, clothing has become much more than a way to protect the body, the fact that we do indulge in clothing beyond mere comfort suggests yet function– modesty. I the movie, “Survivor” Tom Hanks’ character sources protection for himself before he establishes comfort and with no concern for style.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, modesty is a “Behaviour, manner, or appearance intended to avoid impropriety or indecency.” Many cultures have deemed it necessary to practice a certain amount of modesty in dress by covering up certain body parts. A familiar story in the Christian bible talks about the characters of Adam and Eve wandering through the Garden of Eden completely naked and oblivious prior to gaining knowledge and knowing shame. In most cultures, individuals are expected to keep certain aspects of their body covered up. In certain Eastern cultures, women are supposed to remain in purdha (seclusion) to avoid being seen by men and or even other women outside of the family. To be exposed would constitute a lack of propriety and cause a certain degree of dishonour to the family. While western practices vary in their interpretation of modesty, the same idea goes as why mothers and fathers may feel uncomfortable with their thirteen-year-old daughter leaving the house in a tube top and a mini skirt.
Personal and Cultural Display
Lastly, and arguably, most importantly, clothing is a way of presenting one’s personal and cultural values; alternatively demonstrating one’s style, or lack thereof. Clothing has become a symbol of an individual’s identity. Society acknowledges and accepts certain forms of dress and attributes them to the characteristics of the individual. For instance, a doctor may wear a clean white lab coat in order to appear sterile and present a professional image to his or her patients. While wearing a white coat makes signs of hygiene obvious, the white coat has come to be more of a cultural badge than anything else is. However, these markers, or familiar icons in dress are not limited to this single white coat. In western society, police officers wear variations of blue uniforms, football players wear shorts and judges wear wigs over their heads. These stereotypes have become useful in our everyday lives as they help simplify things and people into categories. These distinctions are what enable the individuals in the cases listed above to choose their own way of communicating nonverbally to the world. At this point one should understand that non-verbal communication is unavoidable. Regardless of whether or not the message is intentional, we continue to communicate with each other long after our mouths close. “It is impossible to remain fully clothed and silent.” Even choosing not to wear clothes sends a message. The decision each individual makes about his or her appearance sends the viewer a message. This includes people who claim they pay no attention to their clothing with regard to its communicative value.
A guy with long hair and a full beard who insists that he will not shave for anyone may be quick to change his decision if her were to be brought to trial for possession of marijuana. When going into a job interview a candidate may opt for a suit and tie instead of sweatpants and flip-flops. As the weather warms shops fill with pastels and brightly coloured clothes. In order to avoid trends, a young woman chooses not to conform by donning jeans and a t-shirt. These situations are examples of how we use clothing to communicate. On a cultural level, the man with the beard understands that maintaining certain hairstyles sends out a certain message through non-verbal communication. Not wanting to be misunderstood or perhaps to send out a different nonverbal message, the importance of nonverbal communication is something acknowledged by all. Not only are these examples of trends, or avoiding trends, they convey a message depending on the culturally accepted codes that they apply to among within our culture.Within the blink of an eye an impression is made. The very first time you see, hear or read about someone you will have formed your own conclusions. In fact that decision is made within the first 3 seconds of contact. Those conclusions are wide and varied and may have little in common with the reality of who the person is. Just as you make judgements on people you don’t know, those people will make judgement on you as well.
Like it or not what you wear and how you wear it, the way you talk and move, your body language, even the type of pen you use or the watch you wear, speaks volumes about you. You want to be sending clear messages about who you are, what you can do now and what you can do in the future to anyone and everyone you meet. This is what we call image management.
“Image management is the ongoing process of evaluating and controlling the impact of your appearance on yourself and others. It is creating an authentic, appropriate, attractive and affordable personal/professional image which increases your confidence, capability, and productivity; and contributes to the achievement of your goals and continuing successes; whilst simplifyingng your life”.
Can you afford to miss some of the greatest opportunities in your life because you either didn’t think you could know or didn’t bother to be good enough. Both choices are defeatist.
Life is a series of first impressions, make the most of every single one of them.
“Living your life, on purpose, with passion and power.”
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually who are you not to be?
An excerpt from Marianne Williamson’s, “A Return to Love
Call Clare to get an audit on your Image Management and see if your image is giving the message that you expect and want to be broadcast.
The woman who is Elegant Chic is a mix of the simplicity of Classic with the defined style of the Feminine and the casual elegance of Natural. She prefers quality of quantity and will avoid the flamboyance of fast fashion for the lasting natural of Classicism.
Challenges – Feeling modern and fashionable. Invariably you will get tired of your look but as much as you try something new it will lay dormant in your wardrobe as you comfortably return to your inherent style.
Perceived personality: Aloof and untouchable while willing to help charitably. She is successful or comes from old money. She is dignified and is not trying to be anyone else. She knows her style.
Hair and Make-up
Your hair will range from a short to a long bob and your colour will vary from a soft golden blonde to rich medium brown. You will apply your make every day in an expert and very subtle manner. You will ensure you always look good, with the minimum of fuss, a minimum of effort and a maximum of effect.
To read more about the Elegant Chic woman, her style, the fabrics she chooses, how she incorporates the other personalities into her look and how to create a capsule for her. Read my Every Woman’s Guide to Personalities here.
Analogous refers to three colours that sit side by side on the colour wheel. You can start anywhere, just ensure the other colours in your outfit are from neighbouring colours.
You will notice in the middle dress and 4th outfit extra colour. When a colour is less than 20% of any pattern it can be ignored.
The first dress has the colours blue, blue-green and green in it.
The second dress is red, red-orange and orange.
The 3rd dress is violet, red-violet and red.
The 4th dress is orange-yellow, yellow, yellow-green and even flows one colour further to green,
The last outfit is green, yellow-green and finally yellow.
Can you see how when it is not in a print it can be a bit clunky to work with.
So, I hear you asking why is this important and when would it work for me?
Blonde-haired, green-eyed people will find this a very complementary colour scheme. It really isn’t that commonly found but if you have that colouring, this will work well for you as it suits people with high colour contrast. To read more about colour contrast, I wrote a post on that earlier and you can find it here.
The colouring of your personal features will have an impact on how much or how little colour you should wear at any given time. The more ‘colourful’ your colouring is, the more colour you should wear to look your best and healthiest at all times.
The better we look, the more educated we appear, the more intelligent and the more people want to get to know you. Yes, it is very superficial, but sometimes you just need a helping hand to get through the noise that is everyone else around you.
To learn more about colour and how it works with your colouring read my Every Woman’s Guide to Personal Colour
If this seems like fun and you want to know more you can always have a colour consultation with me to discover your own true colours and how to make your image shine